Cowen's ladies who lunch get one last hurrah
HE may be on his way out but Brian Cowen is still top dog among the Offaly ladies who lunch.
As many as 70 of the Taoiseach's faithful followers descended on Leinster House last Friday for a final day out before he stands down, the Herald can reveal.
And despite his political woes, Mr Cowen still found time for the troop of females lead by his wife Mary (pictured) and PA Sinead Dooley.
The Fianna Fail Women's Group included some of Mr Cowen's closest allies and people who have canvassed for him during the past two decades.
"It was one last hurrah for them," said a source.
The group got a tour of Leinster House and are understood to have watched as fellow Offaly man Senator Pat Moylan oversaw some of the Finance bill debate in the Seanad.
Afterwards they retreated around the corner to the nearby Hugo's restaurant.
The popular haunt for politicians is run by another set of Offaly natives, Gina and Padraig McLoughlin, and was booked out for the evening meal.
Hugo's has been doing well out of the recent political turmoil as it was also frequented by members of the IMF team, who spent time in Dublin before Christmas.
They then moved on to another establishment with strong Offaly connections -- Doheny and Nesbitts on Baggott Street.